Police Officer James E. Meeks, Jr.

Police Officer James E. Meeks, Jr.

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Friday, May 20, 1960

James E. Meeks, Jr.

Officer Meeks was shot and killed while responding to a robbery in progress. He and his partner were pulling into their precinct when they were dispatched to the call.

When the officers arrived at the scene Officer Meeks exited the car and was immediately confronted by the armed suspect. Officer Meeks was able to shoot the suspect several times, but was fatally shot in the chest. The suspect was then shot and killed by the other officer as he reached for his weapon.

Officer Meeks was a US Navy veteran of the Korean War. He was assigned to the Youth Bureau. He was survived by his wife and two sons.


  • Age 32
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
God Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

May 20, 2015

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